University of Technology Sydney

C20060v1 Diploma in Innovation

Award(s): Diploma in Innovation (DipInn)
CRICOS code: 092521B
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus


The Diploma in Innovation is not offered as a stand-alone degree and can only be undertaken alongside a UTS undergraduate bachelor's degree.

Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Inherent (essential) requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course diagram
Course program
Transfer between UTS courses
Other information


The Diploma in Innovation (C20060) at TD School is exclusive to UTS. The Diploma of teaches innovation, supports personal transformation and provides the hard skills needed to support the inventors and inventions of the future. Students come out of the Diploma in Innovation, with the hard skills to create and support sectoral and societal transformation. Graduates are able to fluently integrate ideas, across professional disciplines and are inventors of the future.

All UTS undergraduate students (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation) can apply for the Diploma in Innovation upon admission in their chosen undergraduate degree. It is a complete degree program that runs in parallel to any undergraduate degree. The course is offered on a three-year, part-time basis, with subjects running in 3-week long intensive blocks in July, December and February sessions. Apply today at

Course aims

Students learn by doing and by immersion in the world of systems in innovation and expose to real-world challenges and industry partners. This degree program includes international industry best practices and guests and is taught with rigor of the highest academic calibre, to support the future innovators, founders and employees of the increasingly networked and globalised world.

Career options

Career paths include Chief Product Officer (CPO), Creative Producer, Transformation designer, Product designer, Industrial Designer and Innovator, Innovation and digital solutions analyst, Content and design thinking coordinator, Foresight and innovation analyst, Experience design consultant – UX (user experience), Researcher and designer, Chief Innovation Officer (CIO).

Graduates hold roles in the following positions: Business Development (IoT), Chief Product Officer, Creative Producer, Founder, Industrial Designer and Innovator, Innovation and Invention Specialist, Management Consultant, Owner and Self-employed.

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Course intended learning outcomes

1.1 Identify and represent the components and processes within complex systems and organise them within relational frameworks
1.2 Select, apply and evaluate various techniques and technologies for investigating and interpreting complex systems
2.1 Explore the relevance and test the value of frameworks, approaches and methods from different disciplines, professional practices or fields of inquiry for gaining insights into particular problems, proposals, practices, contexts and systems
2.2 Research and analyse problem situations or contexts from multiple disciplinary or personal perspectives to develop a deep understanding of the needs, interests and values of multiple stakeholders
2.3 Integrate findings from research and problem/stakeholder/data analysis in creative and useful ways to generate a proposal
2.4 Critically examine, test, appreciate and articulate the speculative or actual value of outcomes for different stakeholders, whether at a societal, organisational, community or individual level
3.1 Communicate, explore, network and negotiate in ways that extend representation of disciplinary ideas or perspectives
3.2 Design, develop and apply appropriate team-based decision-making frameworks and participate collaboratively in teams according to proposed intentions
3.3 Select and use a range of appropriate data, tools, techniques, technologies and methods creatively and critically in multidisciplinary teams to discover, investigate, design, produce and communicate ideas or artefacts.
3.4 Articulate often-complex ideas simply, succinctly and compellingly to a diverse team or multiple types of audiences
4.1 Identify significant issues, challenges or opportunities and assess potential to act creatively and ethically on them
4.2 Design and develop ideas, strategies and practices for betterment that engage with and respond respectfully, generatively and analytically to different ways of knowing across community and cultural contexts
4.3 Interrogate and appreciate the ethical responsibilities related to social, legal and regulatory practices
4.4 Make decisions that engage ethically and sensitively with the values of particular groups, communities, organisations or cultures
4.5 Exercise good judgment in knowing when to take a leadership role, and when to enable leadership by others to address community, organisational or cultural issues, challenges and opportunities through innovation
5.1 Imagine and design initiatives within existing organisational structures (intrapreneurship) or design a new context for change (entrepreneurship)
5.2 Explore and articulate the transformation required to create and implement innovation, with sensitivity to the creative destruction that this requires
5.3 Identify required capabilities for realising an idea and create a venture team to achieve the aspirations of a particular innovation.
5.4 Communicate confidently and with diplomacy to influence essential stakeholders or decision makers and to achieve impact

Admission requirements

Applicants for admission must satisfy the selection criteria as specified by the faculty.

Admission is only open to UTS undergraduate coursework students. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation are ineligible for simultaneous admission to the Diploma of Innovation.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Local students

Applications are handled directly by TD School and independent of the admission criteria for core degrees. Applicants must satisfy the selection criteria as specified by TD School.

Admission is only open to UTS undergraduate coursework students. Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation are ineligible for simultaneous admission with the Diploma of Innovation.

Applicants not (yet) eligible to apply can visit for details including lodging an Expression of Interest.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Inherent (essential) requirements

Inherent (essential) requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement below and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course. This Statement should be read in conjunction with the UTS Student Rules.

Prospective or current student concerned about their ability to meet these requirements should discuss their concerns with the Academic Liaison Officer in their faculty or school and/or UTS Accessibility Service on 9514 1177 or at

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

For course specific information see the TD School Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement.

Recognition of prior learning

UTS students who have completed Diploma in Innovation subjects as a major, sub-major, or electives in their professional degrees can cross-credit up to 24 credit points to the Diploma in Innovation course.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered on a three-year, part-time basis and must commence concurrently with an undergraduate coursework degree program at UTS. Subjects in the Diploma run in 3-week long intensive blocks in July, December and February sessions.

Course structure

Students must complete 48 credit points made up of 32 credit points of compulsory subjects and 16 credit points of electives (each 8 credit points). Students must complete 3 subjects from the Creative Intelligence stream (24 credit points) and 3 subjects from the Innovation and Entrepreneurship stream (24 credit points).

Course completion requirements

STM91177 Innovation and Entrepreneurship 24cp
STM91176 Creative Intelligence 24cp
Total 48cp

Course diagram

Course diagram: C20060

Course program

A typical program is shown below.

July commencing, part time
Year 1
July session
94662 Fundamentals of Innovation   8cp
December session
94658 Innovation Funding Platforms   8cp
Year 2
February session
81540 Leadership in Innovation   8cp
July session
94663 Navigating Entrepreneurial Ecosystems   8cp
December session
81539 Innovation in Complex Systems   8cp
Year 3
January Session
94665 Complexity and Sustainability   8cp

Transfer between UTS courses

After completing 81539 and either 81540 or 81538, students may transfer to a combined degree with the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation, subject to achieving a minimum weighted average mark of 75 in this course and 65 in their primary degree. An internal course transfer is only available to students presently studying one of the core degrees that can be combined with the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation. Students can apply for an internal course transfer via My StudentPortal.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222